Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes

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This plant-based Quinoa & Arugula salad is full of whole grains, crunchy veggies, and plant-based protein! Great for a healthy entree or hearty side.

Warm weather has finally arrived to the Pacific Northwest, and I sure do hope it’s here to stay. Bring on the sunshine, long hikes, and camping trips! 

The rising temperatures also mean that my body starts to crave lighter, fresher foods like smoothies, salads, and fruity desserts. Along those lines, this Quinoa & Arugula Salad will keep you full for all of your adventures, but won’t weigh you down.

ingredients for quinoa & arugula salad on round white serving platter

One of my biggest pet peeves with salad recipes is that most of them are like…200 calories. Not that I’m counting my macros here, but there’s no stinkin’ way that a salad of lettuce and carrots is going to fill me up for lunch! I’m part of the salad-as-the-main-course club, and I want to be satiated and satisfied.

quinoa and arugula salad on tan ceramic plate with dressing on the side on white background

This salad (in my opinion) is the perfect balance between crisp + chewy as well as fresh + hearty. The leafy green “base” spicy arugula is complemented by creamy white beans and protein-packed quinoa, while cucumbers, sun-dried tomatoes, shallot, and basil all add a nice kick of flavor.

Top it all off with a creamy (nut free!) Sundried Tomato Dressing and a good sprinkle of black pepper and you have yourself a MEAL.

close up detail shot of arugula, quinoa, and sundried tomatoes

I like to enjoy this Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes for a nourishing lunch, or accompanied with some crusty bread & a side soup for an easy dinner. It’s quick enough for a weeknight fix, but fancy enough to make for friends and family. All in all, it’s a dang-good recipe that’ll keep your mind at ease and your belly full — so go ahead, plan those springtime adventures! And please tell me all about them in the comments below 🙂

two plates of quinoa and arugula salad with dressing in metal cups on the side

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Quinoa & Arugula Salad with Sun-dried Tomatoes

This plant-based Quinoa & Arugula salad is full of whole grains, crunchy veggies, and plant-based protein! Great for a healthy entree or hearty side.

  • Author: Caitlin Shoemaker
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

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  • ½ cup Sundried Tomatoes, sliced* 
  • 3 cup Navy or Cannellini Beans, cooked*
  • ⅔ cup dry Quinoa, cooked and cooled
  • 5 oz Arugula
  • ½ cup Fresh Basil, thinly sliced
  • ½ English Cucumber, sliced
  • 1 small Shallot, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup Creamy Sundried Tomato Dressing, plus more to taste

Instructions

  1. Cook and prep all of your ingredients, if you have not done so already.
  2. Add the Sundried Tomato Dressing to the base of a large bowl, then add in the remaining salad ingredients. Gently fold the dressing into the salad until all ingredients are evenly coated.
  3. Transfer to serving plates and top with an extra crack of fresh black pepper. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • Ingredient Prep: If you’re using dried Sun-dried Tomatoes, reheat them in warm water for 5 minutes before adding to the salad (if you’re using ones packed in oil you can skip this step).I like to cook my beans from dry, but if you use canned be sure to drain, rinse, and dry them well.
  • Substitutions: Arugula can be replaced with another tender leafy green, and the white beans can be swapped out too.

Keywords: quinoa salad, sun-dried tomato salad, vegan salad, vegan arugula salad

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Hey there, I’m Caitlin! I make easy-to-follow, wholesome, and budget-friendly vegan recipes that are mostly gluten-free and refined sugar-free. I’m also an avid yogi, love the great outdoors, am chocolate-obsessed, and enjoy eating almond butter straight off of the spoon.

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  1. I’m not much of a salad person, but this is one of the BEST salads I’ve ever had! It kept me full and lasted four days in my fridge. The dressing is also spectacular. Thank you so much!

  2. This looks amazing !!! Your photos are always so wonderful. I will be making this and sharing this !!!!

  3. I made this recipe for Mother’s Day and it was a hit! I used a baby spring mix blend along with the arugula, and I subbed some red onion in place of the shallot. Everyone loved it!